Rethinking Rachel Doležal and Transracial Theory

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Springer International Publishing, Nov 24, 2021 - Social Science - 117 pages

Using real-life examples, this book asks readers to reflect on how we—as an academic community—think and talk about race and racial identity in twenty-first-century America. One of these examples, Rachel Doležal, provides a springboard for an examination of the state of our discourse around changeable racial identity and the potential for “transracialism.” An analysis of how we are theorizing transracial identity (as opposed to an argument for/against it), this study detects some omissions and problems that are becoming evident as we establish transracial theory and suggests ways to further develop our thinking and avoid missteps. Intended for academics and thinkers familiar with conversations about identity and/or race, Rethinking Rachel Doležal and Transracial Theory helps shape the theorization of “transracialism” in its formative stages.

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About the author (2021)

Molly Littlewood McKibbin, PhD, specializes in Black Literatures and Critical Race Theory. She is the author of Shades of Gray: Writing the New American Multiracialism and work published in African American Review, Callaloo, the Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies.

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